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Hard to shift into First and Reverse.

I noticed lately, that its been getting harder to shift into first and sometimes reverse. I been searching and I'm confused to whether I need a Shifter bushing kit, Or I need to check the slave and master slave cylinder or perhaps both, I don't think the clutch is bad yet because I haven't noticed any slipping.

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Sounds like the classic slave cylinder failure.
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Aw I was hoping it wasnt, Its not crazy hard to shift or anything, But sometimes it takes a bit more force to puch into first. How hard is it to drop the tranny to fix it?
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If it goes into gear easy with the engine off but harder with it running, it is probably the slave. Dropping the trans is not too hard on a 2WD; obviously, it is more involved if your Ranger is a 4x4. You'll probably want to install a fresh clutch while it's apart - especially if the slave has spewed fluid all over it. This would be a good time to pick up a shop manual if you don't already have one.
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definitely a slve issue, i just had my clutch and slave replaced on monday, was doing the same thing, but was really bad, now, i dont have that issue anymore, i would definitely replace that slave
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